Sahara is epic in every way, a wondrous place filled with surprises. Winter temperatures
can drop to 14 F. At dawn, the dunes wear a mantel of frost, and look like
great drifts of snow.
Click here to see a map of the desert
of Empires of Sand.
The wind almost always blows. But when it
dies the stillness is so complete one can almost hear the earth
desert will rob you of your arrogance. It will wait for you to make a
mistake, and then, like the ocean with a careless sailor, it will make
landscape is spectacular. Imagine Bryce or Zion or Arches in
Utah--the Sahara is even more bizarre and colorful, as
if it were another world.
is already as large as the United States, and growing. It is made up
of four primary types of countryside:
the seas of sand; the largest as big as Texas. Dunes can reach
1,000 feet in height, and range for hundreds of miles. Yet sand
makes up less than one-fourth of the Sahara.
mountains: abrupt, rugged, and beautiful. In winter there
is sometimes snow.
storms of the desert rival those of the North Atlantic. Walls of
sand can grow nearly a mile high, and stretch for miles. Herodotus
wrote of an entire Persian army lost in Libya during such a storm.
Tales of lost caravans, buried oases, and luckless travelers abound.